The Far Side’s Return Could be Near

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Cartoonist Gary Larson, 35, of Seattle, poses beside some of his “Far Side” work on exhibit in San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, Dec. 7, 1985. A major exhibit of more than 400 cartoons, it drew more than 11,000 visitors on opening day and gave Larson’s efforts a stamp of approval from biologists and scientists. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Far Side fans it may be time to rejoice. There are positive signs that Gary Larson’s iconic comic strip may be returning. 

Earlier this week Far Side fans spotted that the strip’s official website had been updated with a new cartoon and a message: “Uncommon, unreal, and (soon-to-be) unfrozen. A new online era of The Far Side is coming!”

The cartoon, drawn by Larson himself, depicted a man with an open flame, thawing a block of ice which encased much of the familiar cast of Far Side characters: a cow, a dog, a cave man, a child and a woman.

When contacted by NBC an email response read that a press release would be forthcoming in the near future and to keep watch on the official Far Side website

Larson’s strip originally ran from Jan. 1, 1980, to Jan. 1, 1995. Over the course of 15 years the single-panel Far Side became a worldwide phenomenon. When Larson announced his retirement in October 1994, The Far Side mini-industry was estimated to have brought in $500 million during its run, according to the New York Times.

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